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under desks and behind this table that this emt had thrown against the door? >> about 25. >> and how far away -- how far away were the shots from you, would you guess? was it far away in the building? >> no. it was in the hallway. it wasn't that far. >> and again, that was amanda vasquez, a freshman sitting in her english class and recounting to me the moments of terror. anderson, just to think that she had this presence of mind to jump on the wireless as this is happening in the hallway to tweet, to think of others, to make sure they didn't try to come in this building for fear of their own lives, it's pretty stunning. >> one person in custody right now, one person of interest as they describe him, an alleged shooter, potential shooter.
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three people -- one of whom may be a shooter in the hospital right now and a search is under way for another person of interest, another potential shooter. our coverage is going to continue right now with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." wolf? >> anderson, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news. we're getting new details about a shooting on that community college campus in texas. at least three people have been wounded and a suspect may still be at large. also, today's blistering reaction to president obama's inaugural address. republicans are warning, if the president gets his way, the era of big lib better ralism is back. and vice president joe biden talks about the possibility of tajing on hillary clinton in the 2016 presidential race. a and it sounded beautiful but was it live? controversy over beyonce's rendition of the national anthem. i'm wolf blitzer.
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you're in "the situation room." and the breaking news continues here in cnn. we're covering the country's latest multiple shooting incident on a college campus. three people, at least two of them were students caught in a cross fire. a fourth person suffered a heart attack during the shooting. it all happened near houston, texas, on the north harris campus of lone star college. that's a community college in texas. cnn's ed lavandera has the latest. ed, what are you hearing? >> reporter: this shooting appears to be a situation that started off as an altercation in one of the buildings between two
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people. one of those firing shots was wounded and is now in custody. two people were caught in the crossfire and those people were wounded and then there was a fourth person that in all of this may lay had a heart attack. that person is being treated as well. and now the focus is on the second shooter, the second person in the altercation. that person fled the campus itself. the officials say that everything is safe and secure now on the campus but the search for that second suspect is the main concern at this hour and i'm told by a law enforcement source that one of the main focuses that they are looking at right now, law enforcement agencies there on the ground is a wooded area next to the campus of lone star college. they believe that's where this second suspect might have fled into so they are paying a great deal of attention in that wooded area and i believe that creates a whole level of terrain and law
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enforcement officials on the ground must deal with. so at this hour that is what they appear to be focusing on to find that second suspect. >> and we're getting more information, ed, some of it obviously very consistent with what you're hearing, this coming in from the harris county sheriff's media relations department. let me just update our viewers on what they are saying. as i said, a lot of it consistent with what your reporting shows. they reiterate one suspect is in custody, three people taken into custody. they continue to interview all witnesses to gain as much witnesses at the campus library and five agencies have secured a perimeter around the wooded area around the college to see if the suspect that could be armed and the group and the s.w.a.t. team is the lead agency being assisted by others. tell us a little bit about the community college, ed.
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>> it's one of several campuses that lone star college has around the houston area and this is in the northern part of harris county which encompasses houston and it's also very close to the intercontinental airport. i was struck by one of the eyewitnesss that we spoke with, described being ten feet away from the shooters and heard the altercation and one of the shooters saying, i don't want to fight you, i don't want to go to jail. this eyewitness went on to say that it appeared to be an altercation that could have easily been resolved but escalated to this very dangerous level. >> what are the rules in texas about carrying a weapon? >> that's very interesting. texas is a concealed handgun state. you can carry a handgun if you have the proper license to do so but there are some areas in some parts of the state where regardless of whether or not you have the license or not, you're not allowed to carry a concealed
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handgun, churches and schools are some of the main ones and obviously that would apply to this campus as well. what's interesting, wolf, the legislature here in the state of texas has just gone into session. they have dealt with this issue before and there are many state lawmakers here in texas who are trying to change that aspect of the concealed handgun law here in texas and they want students to be able to carry handguns on the campus that many people around here think the situation like virginia tech would have been helped if there had been an armed student in that classroom that they could have taken out the shooter. that is a debate that is intensifying and one that we are currently dealing with as the shooting is taking place here in the houston area. >> as far as the kind of weapon or weapons that were used in this shooting incident on the campus, do we have any idea what we're talking about here? >> i've been trying to ask those questions and it's still too early. the law enforcement agency that would handle that kind of thing,
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we're in the early stages of getting to the scene so we're not able to confirm that yet. >> hold on for a moment. brooke baldwin had a moment to speak with a student on the campus, amanda vasquez. and this is what she said. listen to this. >> i heard about six shots and kids can started rushing down the hallway and a few even came into our class and it really happened so fast. >> what were people shouting? >> they were just shouting but i couldn't hear anything. for me, i was just trying to get under a table, get into the back corner of the room and immediately i just wanted to find some sort of shelter inside the room and -- we closed the door and we turned off the
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lights and there was a lady in the room who was training to be an emt and she put a table by the door and i called my mom just because i needed her to know that i was okay and that, you know, that i loved her just in case anything was going to happen. >> really a terrified student on the campus there at the north harris campus of lone star college. you are looking at live pictures now from the campus. ed, there are about 10,000 students on this campus near houston. i assume everyone has been told this is a lockdown situation. just don't even go to the campus if you're there. just make sure you're safe? >> absolutely. i'm not sure what the plans are. i'm sure school officials are working on that. i'm sure classes will be closed the rest of the day and not sure about the coming days, if this will continue into tomorrow. but most importantly we have
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heard from the law enforcement officials that they have gone through the various buildings on the campus there and everything is secure. at least the situation in the contained area of the campus appears to be a situation that is under control and as i mentioned a little while ago, one of the areas that appears to be the focus, i'm sure not the only focus is the search for the second suspect is the wooded area near the campus and that would be an area where they believe the second suspect might have fled into and whether or not that person was able to hide out there or whether or not that person is still in that area is unclear at this point. we'll try to get more answers about that as soon as we can. >> stay with us. don't go away, ed. i want to bring in joe johns. he's also working his sources. what are you hearing, joe? >> well, we've got the fbi, the alcohol, tobacco, firearms bureau and others converging on the scene and we're told there are about five different local agencies surrounding the woods there looking for that one shooter who apparently has not been identified.
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as ed reported, this sounds very different, wolf, from the types of situations we've seen aurora, colorado, newtown, connecticut, and other places where one individual went in indiscriminately and started shooting. this appears to be an altercation between two people in a school setting which makes it sound like more like the things we've seen at public schools and major metropolitan areas and some other universities where police have to start asking questions, was it drug-related, was it gang-related, was this a score settling of any type? these are the types of questions. and congresswoman sheila jackson lee of texas who represents this area, harris county, texas, was asked that question and sort of restated it on air a while ago but we doubled back to her office and they told us, the fact of the matter is, the school does not have, to their knowledge, a gang problem and
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neither does the area. we went so far as to look at the 2011 security report for north star college system and that includes the harris county campus, the north harris county campus. and it shows almost nothing. a couple car breakins, nothing significant at all. of course, you also have to caution that a lot of universities and schools do not like to report crimes if they don't have to. but the evidence we have right now is, this is a very safe, secure environment and something highly unusual to happen on this campus, wolf. >> that would seem to suggest this is not an area, not a greater part of the houston area where there is a lot of violence. this is a peaceful campus and all of a sudden shooting erupts on this college campus where 10,000 students are studying
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presumably right now. >> that's true. and we're also told that we've had some people here on the cnn staff who have been looking six or eight miles away as the crow flies there is a gang flies. they have had some problems which have been fairly well publicized but nothing around the campus. >> let me ask ed lavandera. is this an area prone to gang violence, ed, based on what you know? i may have lost ed lavandera. it looks like we'll reconnect with ed. he's heading over to the north harris campus of the lone star college, 10,000 students where the shooting erupted a while ago. three people are in the hospital. their conditions unknown. one suspect in custody. they say they are looking for another suspect and they are trying to secure an area -- a
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wooded area around the college campus right now to see if this other suspect may be on the loose. and they are saying he potentially could be armed right now. so we are watching all of this unfold. very disturbing information. any time there's a shooting, especially in a college campus, that's not where they are supposed to be shooting. not supposed to be these kinds of incidents. it happens, unfortunately, joe, from time to time. we take a step back and we look at what's going on, we try to make sure it doesn't happen again but then it happens once again. >> absolutely. >> you know, i don't know what's going to happen as a result of this but let me play another clip of another eyewitness to what happened. listen to this. >> someone said that they have one guy. we don't know how many it was and it's very scary and it's very chaotic. you know, you were thinking if they made us go to the library -- i mean, to the cafeteria, if you can't find the guy, how do you know he's not in
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there with us? all i can do is stay away from the windows and pray. >> so what you're hearing, joe, is that federal authorities are also taking a look in clas local authorities in texas, they asked the fbi for other assistance? >> that's absolutely right. the federal authority are assisting the sheriff's office there to get to the bottom of this, which is pretty typical in situations like this. because when you have a shooting at a school, it essentially terrifies a whole community and schools are where these things are simply not supposed to happen. sheila jackson lee of texas told us that she was actually in a meeting talking about how to deal with the problem in this country of crimes involving guns when she got the word that this shooting had occurred in her -- in the place that she
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represents. that just sort of underscores this whole debate in the country, what do you do about guns being used to cause terror, to kill people, and certainly school shootings, wolf, are very much a part of that. >> all of this happening right now in harris county. that's where houston, texas sas, is and this campus of 10,000 students has now been evacuated. apparently they are still searching for a suspect who may be in a wooded area near the campus. it's interesting that only yesterday in the president's inaugural address he once again spoke about keeping students safe. listen to this. >> our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of detroit, to the hills of appalacha to newtown know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. >> we're going to go to the white house.
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our own white house correspondent jessica yellin is there. we'll get reaction from republicans as well and certainly stay on top of the breaking news out of harris county where houston, texas is, a shooting at a college campus. much more on the breaking news and all of the day's news right after this. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've been buying ragu for years. [ thinking ] i wonder what other questionable choices i've made? [ club scene music ] [ sigh of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. [ sigh of relief ] music: "make someone happy" music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make meone happy.♪.♪it's so e ♪make just one heart to heart you - you sing to♪ ♪one smile that cheers you ♪one face that lights when it nears you.♪
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nice sweater. thank you. ♪ just to update you on the breaking news, we're following from the north harris campus of lone star college near houston,
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texas, a community college of about 10,000 students, it's been evacuated right now following a shooting that occurred there just a little while ago where one suspect is in custody. you'll see three individuals have been taken to the hospital. their condition is unknown. you can see one person there being whisked away as well. they are searching for one person in the wooded area near the campus but they don't know for sure -- they are continuing this investigation and we are going to be getting an update from the local county sheriff. they are going to do a live briefing at the top of the next hour at 5:00 p.m. eastern. we'll update you with information as it comes in. let's get to some other news that we're watching right now here in washington. today's furious reaction from republicans to president obama's inaugural address.
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there's a firestorm of criticism unfolding right now over what one republican leader calls a presidential agenda -- and i'm quoting now -- that is not designed to bring us together. we have the very latest from our reporters on both ends of pennsylvania avenue here in washington. let's start with our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin who has new information on the president's priorities right now. jessica, the president had some surprises. what's the latest? >> reporter: he did. president obama started his second term today by mixing with the people. he gave visitors on the white house tour the ultimate surprise with bo, his dog and the first lady by his side. i think we have a little bit of video. this is on a lighter note. i'll pause for some sound and video to see if you can hear this for a moment. that was at the white house on the white house tour. he dropped by to let some of those people who just came here to get a regular general admission ticket, a chance to say hello to the president of the united states, the first lady and their dog bo.
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but, wolf, soon the glow of the inauguration will wear off. the fight over debt and spending will heat up and the president will not have much time to press his second term agenda and the priorities that he wants to fight for. high spirits -- ♪ i'm so in love with you >> reporter: -- high fashion and high fetching goals. >> revamp our tax code. our gay brothers and sisters, hopeful immigrants. >> reporter: expect president obama to tackle immigration reform first. >> our journey is not complete until we find a way to welcome the striving immigrants. >> reporter: the president overwhelmingly won 71% of the latino vote in november. the american people are on
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board. a new cnn poll shows 53% believe illegal immigrant should have a path to residency. another goal, national security. >> we the people still believe that enduring security does not require perpetual war. >> reporter: as more u.s. troops leave afghanistan, the president is increasingly focused on a new kind of war fighting, shifting from ground troops to a reliance on intelligence and technology, especially drones. >> after more than a decade of war, we are entering a new phase. we continue the president's overamplging goal which is dismantle and ultimate defeat. he's made great progress. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest reach in his agenda -- >> we will respond to the threat of climate change. >> reporter: it's an issue dear
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to the president but he's already acknowledged that it's so politically charged there's no clear path forward. >> that i'm pretty certain of. this one's hard. >> reporter: now, wolf, in the speech the president also broke ground by promising to push for expanded civil rights for gays and lesbians. aside from his health care reform law, this could be the greatest legacy, the biggest legacy of his time in office. a case that is now before the supreme court could force the administration into making new federal policy on this front. it could force the administration to decide whether federal benefits will be extended to same-sex couples in the next year, wolf. >> so now that he's laid out very specifically -- i was surprised how specific he went yesterday in the inaugural address, his priorities for the second term, i assume in his state of the union address in february that he he will go into details with more specifics. is that what you're hearing? >> reporter: yes, wolf. i was not surprised that he laid out sign posts about where he
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wanted to make progress. what he wasn't going to do in this speech was get into detail. so where he laid out markers on these major issues, we will now hear much more policy detail in the state of the union and the white house is saying that these two speeches are sort of the end posts for one another. in the inaugural yesterday, he outlined what he hopes to accomplish in the state of the union. he will give far more detail about exactly how he hopes to get there in all of these second-term agenda items, wolf. >> thank you, jessica. let's go to capitol hill where yesterday's bipartisan goodwill already seems to be a very distant memory. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by. >> reporter: republicans are arguing that the president is trying to foist the center right country in the words of the senate minority leader.
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he said, not a great way to start off the second term. the senate republican leader had his sound bite on the president's speech ready to go. >> the era of liberalism is unabashedly far left of center inauguration speech certainly brings back memories of the democratic party of ages past. >> reporter: far different from the restrained response the house gop leader gave us hours after the speech. >> you know, i think that the president did a fine job certainly laying out what he would like to see happen as far as the future of the country. we have some differences. hopefully we can bridge those differences. >> reporter: cantor was coming from a bipartisan post inaugural lunch. now with the inauguration over and the pressure to be respectful past, conservatives are eager to share their
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disgust. >> he's trying to throw a bone to every left-wing activist group that he could. >> reporter: some tell us that they are not happy but not shocked. >> it's what we saw on the campaign trail. if you don't see this president coming, you're not looking. >> reporter: you're not surprised? >> i'm not surprised at all. >> reporter: republicans said that the president unleashed a new campaign of liberalism. >> our journ snee is not complete until our gay citizens are treated the same way as everyone else under the law. >> reporter: karl rove responded with this video. >> unapologetically liberal. a progressive agenda is what he's staking his second term on. >> reporter: even some republicans call itself-righteous, others a missed opportunity. do you think that the tone that he took is going to hurt
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relations? >> i don't think it's going to change relations much and that's the real problem. >> reporter: to be short, some republicans did not attend the inauguration. were you at the inauguration yesterday? >> no, i wasn't. >> reporter: how come? >> i had personal things to take care of. >> reporter: were you at the inaugural? >> no. i spent the weekend with my family. >> reporter: although republicans are slamming what they call the president's unabashed political agenda, they know privately that the president handed them a political and fundraising gift. wolf? >> dana, thank you. we'll see what happens as we look forward to the state of the union address. that's coming up as well. we'll see if that lasts between the white house and capitol hill. more on what's going on. it's one of the big inauguration stories, at least it's emerging right now.
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all right. we're getting new information from ktrk, they are both reporting that two -- two suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting incident on the campus of the north harris campus of lone star college outside of houston in harris county, a campus of about 10,000 students. we have not yet independently confirmed what these law enforcement officials are telling our local affiliate. but i wanted to update you on what's going on. we are standing by for a 5:00 p.m. news conference, in half an hour or so. 5:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. central. they said they were searching aed wood area for a suspect. that's when they said they had one suspect in custody but now our affiliates are telling us that two suspects are in custody. we'll see where this is going. we'll update you as more information comes in.
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other news we're following right now, including a new controversy erupting today in the wake of yesterday's inauguration ceremony here in washington. a spokeswoman for the united states marine corps band telling cnn that beyonce opted to use what they call a prerecorded for her beautiful rendition of the national anthem. jim acosta is here. there has been confusion all day. what was going on? what do we know as of right now? >> wolf, this was a question on a lot of lips. earlier a spokesman said what americans heard on inauguration day was a prerecording of pop star beyonce singing the national anthem. take a listen. ♪ ♪ o say, can you see
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by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed >> now, that was a prerecording. that spokesman for the u.s. marine band said beyonce made the recording overnight before the inaugural as a standard protocol, the band says, in case something goes wrong during the actual performance and just before the inauguration ceremony, a decision was made to use that recording instead of the live song. the pop star even posted pictures on her facebook page recording the star-spangled banner but on inauguration day beyonce, quote, did not actually sing. and let's look at another quote from that marine official.
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we don't know why the decision was made. we wondered the same thing. we don't know. we don't have that graphic available. but a u.s. marine band spokesperson. she went on to say, we don't know why the decision was made, quote, we wondered the same thing. we still don't know. wolf, later today another marine spokesperson said the band and beyonce's team made a joint decision to use this prerecording due to a lack of prerehearsal time before the inauguration. the band said something like this has happened before. back in 2009, you might recall at president obama's first inaugural, yo-yo ma used a prerecording due to the temperatures. also, all day long we have tried to reach out to the joint inaugaration committee, the folks that worked for chuck schumer. we did not once get a call from that office willing to go on the
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record as to what went on with this prerecording and why it was used on the inauguration. we had to rely on the u.s. marine band. >> so basically for the last several hours this story has been out there he a beyonce through a representative has not made a public statement and the joint congressional committee has not made a statement. the only official statement you're getting is the spokesperson from the u.s. marine band? >> yes. and seated a few rows back, he noticed that the band -- the folks in the bands themselves were not playing their instruments, that they, too, were using a prerecording. so this was a combined prerecording, it appears, of both the u.s. marine band and beyonce performing the national anthem and according to wark tone general, a u.s. marine spokesperson told him that is what happened. they made the decision to use a prerecording and as far as
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anyone can tell in washington, this has never happened before where the performance of the national anthem had been pretaped a he used as a prerecording. but as often is the case, it's not the crime, not that it's a crime, but it's the coverup sometimes. >> so let's get some more answers. i was is sitting right on top of the that u.s. marine corps band anchoring our coverage from the capitol and the u.s. marine corps conductor, he was moving his hands. he wasn't just standing like this. he was moving along with the star-spangled banner. >> it sounds that they made a decision to play it safe, they didn't have enough rehearsal time, that beyonce was running late getting to the rehearsals on sunday night, so just in case, they decided to record it, use that on inauguration day as opposed to going out there without enough rehearsal time and seeing what happens. that was not the right course of action. >> whether it was live or prerecorded, she does a beautiful, beautiful job. let's not take anything away from that. that was one of the best
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national anthems i've heard performed. >> sounded great. >> thanks very much. a big day tomorrow. the secretary of state hillary clinton will finally testify on what happened in benghazi libya. our own jake tapper makes his first appearance here in the situation room. he's got new information. that's coming up next.
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an entirely new pursuit. we're expecting some dramatic testimony tomorrow from the secretary of state hillary clinton. she's finally coming to capitol hill to answer lawmakers questions about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead, including chris stevens, the u.s. ambassador.
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cnn's tapper, this is your first time in the situation room. >> this is my first time in "the situation room." >> very excited to have you here. >> yes. >> let's talk to you about what are you hearing about tomorrow? there's going to be extensive coverage in the morning, she's appearing before the house senate foreign relations committee. first time she'll answer a lot of specific questions. >> that's right. she's preparing for air gres sif questioning and republicans have been preparing for some time as well and you should hear questions about whether or not a security vacuum in the region not only paved the way for the attacks but whether or not it has any role in what is going on right now in mali and also algeria. you should expect a larger question about north africa. >> i know there's going to be a lot of political rhetoric going on, a bunch of republicans are going to make their points.
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but do you think we're going to get more information than we got from that state department report that ambassador tomorrow pickering put together which spelled out how this happened? >> there actually are a few new e-mails including from 2011 when the late u.s. ambassador chris stevens was exploring the idea of moving the compound in benghazi to a different location, adjacent the cia annex, which would have been safer. ultimately that plan was scotched. yes, some new information will come out tomorrow. >> this is is really one of the last things she's doing before she leaves. john kerry getting ready -- john kerry is the chairman still of the foreign relations committee in the senate but he's recusing himself. he won't even be there. i think he's gearing up for his own confirmation hearing but bob menendez, he's going to chair these hearings. >> that's right. and this is an odd way for her to go out. but, yes, she's leaving this week. >> let's talk a little bit about
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you. today's your first day on cnn. about a month ago we saw you on another network. but what have you been doing the last month gearing up for this major new challenge in your life? >> a lot of gearing up, a lot of time with my children, jack and alice. and also, i have this new book that i wrote about afghanistan. >> best seller, i must say. >> it is a bestseller. >> "the outpost ", right there. >> one of the staff sergeants in that book, it was announced that president obama is going to award him the medal of honor in february. so i've been -- >> he's a central character in the book. >> he's a big character in the book and i've been preparing for that. we're going to have a party with him. i've been trying to get airlines, southwest, jetblue are providing flights, best western. >> i got invited to your party. >> you are invited. keep it down. not everybody got invited. >> those who didn't get invited, they should feel really bad. this is a good cause you're doing and i want to thank you on behalf of all of the u.s. military because you're doing something really, really
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important. >> thanks, wolf. >> good luck here at cn nchl. >> you've got to work hard, play by the rules and some day you'll move up the chain. >> let me write this down. >> work hard, play by the rules. >> i'll dvr it. >> thank you. up next, joe biden is opening up to our own gloria borger about the next four years. the big question everyone wants to know, listen. >> are you ready to run against hoil clinton in 2016? [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all? it's lots of things. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change.
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vice president joe biden seemed to be everywhere during monday's inauguration festivities. he was waving, smiling, shaking hands like a candidate running for office. in our exclusive interview with our own gloria borger, the vice president talked about 2016 as well as he calls the ah-ha moment when he discovered he liked being vice president. >> reporter: just days ago, i met with joe biden to talk about
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his last four years as the president's right-hand man and his adjustment to the job. >> if there was an ah-ha moment whether the job was worth it was when he asked me to coordinate iraq policy to end the war in iraq early on in the administration. >> reporter: it was december 2011. biden traveled to baghdad with a message from the president. >> so on behalf of president obama -- and i was able to say to the american troops assembled, gentlemen and ladies, you are dismissed because you have done the job that you are sent to do and like all americans you are going home with nothing but your pride and the knowledge of a job well done. i got off that stage. it was a moving moment for me. went back, picked up the phone. i said, i've been kidding you about whether this job is worth it. thank you. thank you for asking me to do this job. it has made it all worth it.
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>> reporter: the job has had its up and down. biden's infamous candor has made him a punchline, even for the president. >> and i say, settle down, joe. i'm trying to run a cabinet meeting here. >> reporter: but here's how this team works. as much as president obama dislikes the congressional drama, biden thrives on it. >> i have spent a lot of time in this town. >> reporter: 40 years, to be exact. one reason why he's running the president's effort on gun control, taking on the nra. >> i've done this before. i passed assault weapons ban. >> reporter: more than 20 years ago. >> yeah. and because the so-called biden crime bill had a life span of 20 years and had to be renewed during the bush administration, there was no desire in 2004 to renew it. but that doesn't mean there's still not a consensus for a bulk of what we're proposing. >> so can you guarantee that the president will sign some form of general legislation? >> look, i can't guarantee anything that the congress is going to sign but i can
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guarantee you that the president and i are absolutely committed to take this fight to the american people for a rational gun safety policy in america. >> reporter: and he is smack in the middle of a fiscal fight. now he's ready for round two and predicts republicans will be different. sdl. >> they finally figured it out. all of this plus sister that they are going to reanything on the debt, they will not. because there are more responsible people in the party than irresponsible. so it's not going to happen. now, will there be a fight how we finish off what we started to do, a grand bargain, we've said in the beginning, there is a balance here. the american people get this. this is not that complicated. politically it's complicated but not mathematically. so we ought to be able to, in the next three months, finish out that grand bargain to get us to the point -- i sound like an
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economist here, where debt to gdp is about 3%. every economist left, right, and center says, when that happenses, the economy grows. >> reporter: but where does biden go next? looking ahead four more years, you've made it clear in one way or another that you are considering a presidential bid of your own. is there any reason you wouldn't run? >> oh, there's a whole lot of reasons why i wouldn't run. i haven't made that decision and i don't have to make that decision for a while. in the meantime, there's one thing i know i have to do no matter what i do. i have to help this president move this country to the next stage. we're out of the god awful situation we were in the first time we were sworn in, two wars, the economy in the tank like it hadn't been since the great depression. we're beyond that. now i've never been more optimistic in my life. we are in a position where we are able to be to the point where we can bring this debt
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under control, a sound financial policy, energy independence in a way we've never thought about before. we're respected by the world again like we haven't been for the last 20 years. >> so are you ready to run against hifrl clinton in 2016? >> look, i haven't made that judgment and hillary hasn't made that judgment but i can tell you what, everything that should be done over the next two years that i should be part of would have to be done whether i run or i don't run. if this administration is successful, whoever is running as a better position to run, if we are not successful, whoever runs as a nominee is going to be less likely to win. >> gloria is here with this excellent interview. i know more is coming up. but he's being pretty cagy. >> you saw him on that parade route shaking everyone's hand. he saw him at the iowa caucuses. have you heard of those?
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>> new hampshire, he was involved with them as well. >> exactly. he's 70, looks great, very energetic. if i had to guess, i would guess he's running. but as he said, he doesn't have to make that decision for a little bit of time. he's completely loyal to this president. i think his point is accurate. if the president does well, if the economy improves, then joe biden or any democrat would be in a good position. i think the big question is, would joe biden want to run against hillary clinton again? remember, he's run against her before in the democratic primary. >> in 2008. >> didn't work out so great for him. she did better but it didn't work out so great for her either. he ran before 20 years earlier, if you will. he said in your interview he thought the republicans were being more responsible right now. but the president -- the reaction to the president's speech yesterday shows that this partisanship is pretty bitter. >> you know, i think they have a good cop, bad cop thing going on with the two of them.
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the president yesterday clearly set out his agenda and gave the republicans nothing to kind of hone in on there but joe biden's the closer. joe biden's the person who cuts the deals on capitol hill. it was interesting to me that he said they changed. he was clearly referring to the fact that they've moved off the fight on the debt ceiling a few months. he believes he can deal with them and, as you heard, get some kind of grand bargain. i need to be convinced of that, wolf. >> part two of your interview coming up later. >> he tells us, how does he know when the president is mad at him. >> interesting to see that. thank you. good work. in a moment, the latest on the breaking news we've been following a shooting at a community college in houston, texas. there's going to be a news conference from the sheriff there. we'll update you with what is going on.
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here's the latest that we know right now on the breaking news at this hour. another shooting incident, this one at a community college near houston, texas. three people are wounded and a fourth person suffered a heart attack. according to a law enforcement official briefed on the status
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of the investigation, the shooting appears to have taken place in an outside area between the library and cafeteria at the north harris campus of the lone star community college. witnesses telling cnn affiliates, at least one gunman opened pyre after an altercation between two people. >> she was actually ten feet away from the shooter when this all went down. tell us exactly what you saw leading up to it and then after that. >> me and my classmate were sitting down having a conversation. or maybe ten feet away. we couldn't hear what they were arguing about but we could hear them arguing. the shooter actually, you know, wanted -- he said i don't want to fight you, i'm not trying to go to jail. and he actually turned away from the situation. but whatever ticked him off, whatever he said, in the middle of their problems and street problems, two innocent people got hurt. >> we still don't know what kind of guns were involved. cnn affiliates ktkr are
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reporting that two suspects are now in custody although we have not independently confirmed that with law enforcement officials. we should learn more right at the top of the hour in a few moments, the sheriff's department will be holding a news conference in harris county. we'll bring that to you live. that's coming up. once again, three people are wounded after a shooting incident on a community college campus near houston. we're getting live updates from authorities in three minutes.'d it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work.
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you're in "the situation room." we're standing by for house republican leaders as they react to what they see as the president's liberal second term agenda. the fiscal fight is ahead and the gop's future. stand by for that. hillary clinton is getting ready for a grilling about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate. plus, fake ingredients in the food we eat, fish, fruit juice. >> infant labels. can we trust the labels? we want to welcome our viewers
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in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." and we're following the breaking news this time out of texas where three people, at least two of them students, have been wounded in a shootout at a community college. the north harris campus of the lone star community college has been evacuated. authorities say the situation has been resolved. police say two people began shooting at each other near the school library. one of the wounded is a suspect. the other apparently now in custody, the other suspect has reportedly been taken into custody, as i said. 10,000 students were on the
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campus when the violence broke out. witnesses reported hearing screams and shouts and they say they saw someone wounded in the leg. we're watching all of this closely. the harris county sheriff expected to speak be any minute now. he's getting ready for a news conference. we're going to go there live. you see the microphones being set up. we'll get the latest information from north harris campus of lone star college. we'll hear from the harris county sheriff getting ready to speak to reporters momentarily. in the meantime, we're joined by cnn contributor tom fuentes. tom, thank for coming in. >> hi, wolf. >> this is so worrisome. when you hear about it on a college campus with 10,000 students, it brings back all sorts of bad memories. >> that's right. it brings back the memories that at least in this situation it doesn't sound like the shooter going to the campus to hunt innocent people.
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>> what does it sound like to you? >> it sounds like it may have been something settled by fists ordinary narrowly but someone had guns so they used a gun and the others wounded may have been caught in the crossfire or kind of like a drive-buy shooting on foot. that's what it appears. the shooter has given up the motive or why the argument started or how it was. but so far it appears that maybe it was some type of personally motivated altercation between one or two people and they were resolving it with guns instead of fists. >> the local sheriff is saying that there are two suspects now in custody. you may be suggesting two individuals, both of them just took out guns instead of fighting it out? >> could be. it sounds like a strong possibility. >> what kind of gun laws are there? >> i think if they had concealed gun permits and no restrictions to bringing them on campus, that's what you have.
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they could have that. and these types of guns, it sounds like they were small arms if he took it out of a backpack. we're probably looking at pistols or small arms that aren't even up for discussions now in terms of assault rifles and all of the discussions that are ongoing. so if the individuals with guns weren't insane, weren't convicted felons, and they were using small arms, it's almost not controversial other than the fact that this is how they chose to settle an argument. >> i want to play for you this clip. amanda vasquez, a student, spoke to our affiliate kprc. >> i heard about six shots and kids started rushing down the hallway and a few even came into our class can and it really happened so fast. >> what were people shouting? >> they were just shouting but i
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couldn't hear anything. for me, i was just trying to get into the back corner of a room and immediately i just wanted to find some sort of shelter inside the room and -- so we closed the door and turned off the lights and there was a lady in the room who was training to be an emt and she put a table by the door and i called my mom just because i needed her to know that i was okay. and that, you know, that i loved her just in case anything was going to happen. and then i went to twitter because i didn't have any real room service. i just had the wi-fi so while i could, i was trying to get updates to let people know not to come in here because there's someone in here because i know
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that the status of the building at the time when we were still locking the room -- >> pretty heartbreaking. you hear a story like that, the shock when people hear gunshots, you're not supposed to hear gunshots on college campuses. >> no. you can imagine the terror of other students when they hear gunshots, the first thing they are going to think is that the shooter is hunting down innocent people, which could be them. you think of virginia tech, sandy hook and they are in close proximity. so they are likely to be hunted down in a classroom or bathroom and killed. so they are not aware at that time that this may be a personal altercation and it's going to be resolved. they have to think they may be close to death. >> sad story. all right. we're standing by for the news conference with the sheriff. we'll give the latest. tom fuentes, thank you.
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other news we're following in washington, the ceremonies and festivities are over. president obama is getting ready to work on his second term agenda. many republicans are making it clear they see that as a liberal agenda. speaker john boehner, other house republican leaders are about to hold a news conference. you're looking at live pictures from up there. our chief national correspondent john king is here. are the gloves off? >> you can certainly say yes or you might even say that the gloves are still on in the sense that republicans are looking to see what signals the president would send as he begins the second term. if you ask john boehner or mitch mcconnell, they believe the size of government, debt and deficit is is the biggest issues. and if you listen to the speech yesterday, he made only passing references to that. talk of immigration reform, many republicans including the
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speaker want to work with the president on that but if he talks a lot publicly, it puts pressure on the conservative base which any legal status is amnesty. the president also talking about gun control and gun rights, just talked to tom fuentes, it stretches the political coalition. the things that the president highlighted and spend more time on his inauguration address, the republicans are saying now you see the real obama. now that he doesn't have to face the voters in four years, he's going to move to the left and gay rights, gun control, grassroots that stress the republican coalition and likely to strain an already difficult relationship between the president and leaders and the man we're about to hear from john boehner is most important because he runs the house. >> i heard from a few republicans. they thought after they cooperated with the president to avert the fiscal cliff and get
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beyond that, after the speaker made it clear they were going to extend the debt ceiling for at least another three months right now without a big fight, they thought they were making gestures that the president would respond to. they were surprised that he gave this kind of rather liberal speech with his agenda for a second term yesterday. >> eight big question is, what happens next. it's a big speech. it lays out big markers. the base, whether it's a democrat in congress or grassroots movement, they were thrilled with the speech, the progressive movement was really happen. the republicans were disappointed. you see that sign behind john boehner, no budget, no pay. there's a chance to still do some business here but the signals have republicanis thinking wait a minute. you remember the pressure from tea partiers and others it's hard to begin with. if they think the president is
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going to for everything they give him and ask for more, if he's not going to push for more cuts but demand republicans do more, that's the mistrust that's been magnified because of that speech. >> i think the news conference outside of houston, the harris county sheriff's office is giving us the latest. >> and then followed by dr. richard carpenter, common spelling of both names with lone star college system. so let's -- i'll give the lone star college folks a few seconds to walk over here and major tella will start it off. >> waiting for the start of this news conference. this is the north harris campus of lone star community college. we're going to get an update on
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what exactly is going on. we believe that three individuals were wounded in this shooting, two suspects are now in custody. we're watching -- we just heard from christina gar za from the sheriff are's office tell us that there will be a bunch of people who will be making statements, providing information. joe johns is watching what is going on. joe, we pointed out earlier federal authorities are standing by, getting ready to help as well. >> absolutely, wolf. the main thing we want to hear from these folks is what they know about how this whole thing got started. we know there was some kind of an altercation and it's been called apparently two individuals shooting at each other. there's some question as to whether it happened in the library or perhaps in the courtyard that was just outside the library. >> all right. hold on a second. >> we just cleared that the lone star college was cleared as safe. this is what i can tell you so
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far. at 12:51 p.m., units received a call to a shooting. deputies arrived at 12:53 p.m. we found that the incident was not an active shooter incident but was an altercation between two individuals. one of the individuals did have a student identification. during the altercation, one of -- there was a maintenance man that was injured and shot due to friendly crossfire. also, there was another individual at the scene who was transported to the hospital but we found for medical reasons. she had a medical condition. we had tremendous response from various law enforcement agencies, including the harris county high-risk operations unit
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and various units throughout the city and county. we had a very good response. i do want to elaborate that the response time from the harris county sheriff's office to the incident was approximately two minutes. >> who are you, sir? >> my name is major arman armando tello. i am the acting sheriff at this time. sheriff garcia is out of town at this time. >> do you know why the altercation occurred? did the two suspects have gun? did one person have a gun? >> we do know that there was a handgun involved. at this time, it is under investigation and i don't have all of that information at this time. >> who was injured in the friendly fire and who shot him? >> what it appears, one of the individuals that was involved in the altercation shot one of the maintenance men from lone star college. >> there have been reports of gang-related. >> that's not friendly fire.
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>> no, sir. accidental. i'm sorry. accident tal fire. >> because that maintenance person was trying to break up the fight? or do we know. >> i don't have that information but it appears that he was in the area during the altercation. >> there have been reports about gang activity? >> i don't have that information at this time. this is still under investigation. >> gang-related at all, sir? >> yes, ma'am, it appears that he was an innocent bystander. >> there you have it from ar man doe tello, the acting sheriff, saying that this incident is now over. two suspects in custody. three injured. tom fuentes is joining us. it was as you suspected.
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>> this is what we have on city streets all the time, the streets of chicago every weekend. people decide to shoot at each other, gang members or otherwise, and innocent people nearby, sometimes in their own homes or on their front porch get shot. he didn't make it clear during the press conference whether each individual that was armed when they arrived and began the altercation and then pulled out their own guns in the shooting or whether one individual was armed and when he pulled the gun out, maybe they wrestled over it and in the process bullets were fired. that part we still don't know the details of how many guns and if both arrived there to duel it out with each other. >> suspects have been arrested, college campus has been cleared. the incident is over and now the investigation as to what exactly happened will continue. tom fuentes, thank you very much. joe johns as well. other news we're following,
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so liberal that they are disappointed in the president. this had is the first working day in the second term of president obama. very interesting to hear how the speaker, eric cantor and the speaker reacted to the inaugural agenda that he laid out yesterday in the advance of the state of the union address coming in early february. live coverage momentarily. in the meantime, let's cover some other news. a stunning new twist to the takeover of a gas facility and its link to al qaeda. three americans were among at least 37 hostages who were killed. and we're learning now the militants may have had a canadian connection. brian todd is looking into the story for us. >> wolf, the algerian prime minister is putting this out there. a surprising assertion to a western connection to the attack but they are not giving more information and some are cautioning that the algerian government is eager to paint this as a foreign operation. still sorting through what happened in the deadly chaos at
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a gas plant, algerian officials say most of the hostage takers were killed in the fighting and algerian's prime minister says he knows who one of the leaders was. >> the terrorist person was named shidud and he spoke with clear english. >> specifically the name was she dud hahim. officials say they are trying to confirm whether the attack leader was canadian. they are looking for legitimate documents telling them that but they have not been led into algeria to look further into it. canadian owe fithss say they are concerned with what one called a consistent volume of young canadians becoming radicalized looking to join terrorist operations. tim lister does extensive research on jihadist groups. >> there has been a significant number of canadian groups that
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have left the country to go from yemen to pakistan, afghanistan, and most notely somalia. >> many he say that were of the somalia and the information from the algerians is sketchy and points out terrorists often carry false travel documents. the algerian government has been eager to paint this attack which left nearly 40 hostages dead as being an international operation, not a local one. but the man believed to be the mastermind is mokhtar belmokhtar. analysts say he sent others to do his bidding in this operation. >> it would appear he sent an experience commander unit, really the a-team of his group to go and launch this attack that he outsourced it to them. >> a kman doe unit according to the prime mirm insister including militants from egypt,
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and other african regions and included algeria in that, wolf. but information on who did what is very sketchy. we hope to learn more in the coming days. >> and once you do, let us know. >> absolutely. >> thank you very much. we're standing by to hear from the speaker of the house, john boehner. he'll be reabling to the president's inaugural address. other news we're following as well, what's really in some of the food that you're eating and buying. why you may not necessarily be able to trust what's on the label. turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spacious seating for up to eight. imagine that.
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all day today the republicans have been slamming what they now say is the clearly liberal second-term agenda. let's discuss what is going on with paul begala and ari fleischer. they are both cnn contributor. ari, you see this as a clearly liberal agenda, different than what he was seeking in his first term? >> absolutely, wolf. it reminds me a bit of the obama 2010 after he named this bowles/simpson commission and then did everything in his power to ignore what they recommended. he ignored it.
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he gave a state of union, he didn't talk about it. that's exactly what he did in the inaugural yesterday. the biggest issue of our times for republicans is the fact that our nation is going broke and we won't be able to honor our commitment unless we do something about it. the president didn't say anything about it outside of one sentence and the sentence was, we have to defend the status quo. that's what has upset republicans so much. >> and we're standing by to hear from speaker john boehner. he's going to answer reporters' questions at a news conference. we'll have live coverage. paul, so many republicans are now saying we told you so. the president was trying to conceal that real liberal agenda in the first four years but now he's open about it because he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected. >> well, he wasn't concealing anything. he's a progressive democrat. i loved the speech yesterday because of what he didn't say. he very often goes into this
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kind of airy dreaming of how we'll just transcend partisanship. well, we won't. politics is partisan. washington is partisan. it was for president clinton who wanted to campaign that he was there, campaigned saying i want to be a uniter, not a divider. our president said, he offered a vision that republicans should sign on to. they used to be tough when i was a kid. now they are just whiny. he reached out to them plenty in his first term and all they did was spit in his eye. >> i think when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform, i think the president can work with senator marco rubio. but what about on climate change? what about same-sex marriage? is there going to be cooperation in those two areas? >> number one, on same-sex
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marriage, the president hasn't thrown any weight behind legislation or for repealing the legislation that paul's because, bill's boss signed the defense of marriage act. >> the justice department -- let me interrupt. the justice department is no longer defending the defense of marriage act. >> and it's going to go to a supreme court case as well and that's probably when we'll find out the future of that. the initiative in play that prompted many of the questions. wolf, i think the real key thing here and we'll hear about this today was speaker boehner. one of the changes now is it's time for the senate to lead. on climate change, let harry reid to see if they can do something. it's their turn. let the senate pass a budget. on guns, i'd be interested to see if they can pass a an obama-style coalition to do what the president is asking for. that's a big change. the house, one of the things they need to do smarter is not
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see a plank and swim with sharks. let harry reid lead and see what they can do. i think the president will have a lot fewer followers than he thinks. >> harry reid is as able senate leader. i love seeing him lead. it's interesting that ari is counseling at least on tv counseling republicans not to lead. look, that's easy for the republicans. they used to say -- ari and i are both baseball fans. the house controlled by the republicans are where good ideas go to die and that's apparently what speaker boehner is being advised to do now. i think it's a terrible mistake. he could come and make deals and meet the president halfway but it looks like i think they are going to go back to their constructionism. that's not a good strategy. >> all right. we'll all stand by to hear what the speaker actually has to say. we're looking at live pictures
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republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. mr. speaker, thanks very much for coming in. >> it's good to be with you and i enjoyed watching yesterday. i saw you up there covering the inaugural and it was a great event. it was a remarkable moment. >> we love these events, whether you're a republican or democrat. it's history unfolding. it's great to be able to watch it unfold in person. let's get your react. i saw you and callista walking in there. what did you think of the 18 1/2 minutes that the president used to deliver that address? >> well, you know, i think i was apparently different than a lot of republicans because i thought it was a pretty good speech by barack obama. i like the part where he talked about the declaration of independence. i thought that was helpful. the parts he got into that were liberal, you know, i keep telling my fellow republicans, that is legitimately who he is. that doesn't mean we have to vote for it, doesn't mean we
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have to help pass it. this guy is the most liberal president in american history and a guy from that background who just won re-election, i thought it was a very powerful speech. i would approach these issues very different from him and i think he's offering us enormous opportunities. for example, on guns, i've been advocating for the congress to go out to chicago, look at a city that has gun control and is the murder capital of the united states. let's have the debate on how to solve that problem but let's do it in a way that's factual. i think he made -- if he had any one place -- and you know i agree with bill kristol, it was his statement about war and piece, it was historically wrong and dangerously wrong to mislead the american people. >> let me play this clip. i know it jumped out at me and other folks as well. i'll play the clip and then we'll discuss. >> the commitments we make to each other, through medicare, medicaid, and social security,
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these things, these things do not zap our initiative, they strengthen us. [ applause ] they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. >> now, the word takers, as you well know, a lot of conservatives have accused so many americans of being takers, just taking stuff from the federal government and including paul ryan. he used that word during the campaign. and not a loan. i think it was clear, the president was directly responding to those conservatives who have used the word takers. >> let me give the president a simple test. he talked a lot about the work ethic. i have been advocating that we add a provision to unemployment that if you sign up for unemployment compensation, you have to take a course offered by a business in order to improve your job skills so at the end of your unemployment compensation
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you have a greater workforce capability and frankly 99 weeks of compensation is a two-year associate college degree. paying people 99 weeks. i said to the president, is there a common ground here? i agree with him, medicare is an earned benefit. social security is an earned benefit. medicaid is not. he should not lump them together. it's not about taking. how do we liberate poor americans, give them the capability to be prosperous so we don't have to worry about it because they are rising, working, doing the right things. and by the way, i did a great session with smily which will be four nights on pbs trying to wrestle with this very question, how do you empower and create entrepreneurship among the very poor. i saw nothing in the president's speech in response to the worst economy and poverty rate in modern times. >> you were speaker with bill clinton. you worked with him on welfare
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reform, other issues as well. what advice do you have for the current speaker? we're about to hear reaction at this news conference in washington. >> my advice is, first of all, don't ask him to lead. if he's going to lead, he's going to lead as liberal. ask him to compromise. second, find the parts of the speech, the work ethic you could agree with, the parts of the declaration of independence, certain rights that we can agree with. we agree that we want to protect children. now let's have a conversation about the most effective way to protect children. but don't let obama sucker you into him getting to say positive things and you going no. i think it's very important for us to be the party that has dramatically better solutions to the future, not a party that simply wastes its energy fighting barack obama. >> listen to this clip about climate change from the president. >> we will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that
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the failure to do so would betray or children and future generations. some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science but none can avoid the demonstrating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. >> are you among those that deny this, mr. speaker? can you hear me, mr. speaker? >> the control room -- >> i think we lost our connection with newt gingrich. unfortunately we've lost our connection. we'll have him stand by. we're also once again waiting to hear from the current speaker of the house. there's the room where the speaker john boehner will go in with some of his republican leadership, make a statement and answer reporters' questions. live coverage of that. we'll try to reconnect with newt
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secretary of state hillary clinton is finally getting ready to testify on the attack that left four americans dead. jill dougherty has the story. >> more than four months after ambassador chris stevens and three other americans died in benghazi, hillary clinton herself must face the tough questions. >> what did the secretary of state know before, during, and after? because the american people were clearly deceived? >> aides say she's likely to repeat what she told cnn in october. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department, 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. >> nine days after the attack, she was the first top official to brief the full senate in closed session. since then, there have been more than 30 hearings and closed-door briefings with state department officials present. but clinton's testimony was delayed by travel and then by
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illness. clinton is likely to tell congress how she already ordered implementation of recommendations from an independent review, tightened security at diplomatic posts worldwide, send threat analysts to over a dozen high-risk posts and order a senior official to focus exclusively on is such missions. >> she needs to be asked what she knew about the deteriorating circumstances in benghazi. was she informed about the rise of al qaeda militia. >> that secret cable from the state department regional security office warned the u.s. mission in benghazi had limited security and manpower and might not be able to defend itself in case of a coordinated attack. >> the fexing, instant messaging, we really need to have a look at that, which we haven't seen yet. >> some say that clinton's state department has not handled overall communication on
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benghazi. others want to know what clinton knows about the misleading talking points that u.n. ambassador susan rice used in those september 16th sunday talk shows and why clinton herself didn't appear instead. and they are asking why only one suspect has been detained so far in tunisia and then released. will congress give the outgoing secretary of state a hard time? >> i'm sure she's not going to be beaten up. she is highly respected by everyone on the committee. >> how hillary clinton handles herself could affect her legacy. and then there's this late-breaking information from jake tapper. he told you just a short while ago that sources are saying that there are new cables that suggested ambassador chris stevens who, of course, died at that attack at one point suggested moving that mission to a more secure location and that would be closer to the cia annex. so that is likely to come up
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and, of course, a lot more. >> jill dougherty over the state department with that. thank very much. results just coming in from the israeli elections. what's going on? did benjamin netanyahu win the election? we'll go live to tel-aviv for the results. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors
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exit polls are now in from israel's election. prime minister benjamin net tanya tanya netanyahu apparently came out on top but may make it tougher for him to form a right-wing coalition government. sara sidner is standing by. sara, this was apparently a lot closer than so many expected. what happened? what's going on? >> reporter: wolf, what's interesting here is there was expectation that a partnership with netanyahu would get far more seats than they actually got. so what it has said is that they are going to have to form a coalition -- and i'm quoting netanyahu here -- has to be
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wider. when you say wider, that means that they are likely going to reach out to the center or to the left. the center-left. what has happened in the past is all of the polls were saying that this party was going to win and skew right but some of the far right parties would take over and that they would be in charge of the policies which would certainly rub the international community perhaps the wrong way. now we're seeing a prime minister who says i see that the voters want changes. i want to lead those changes and i'm going to reach out to the widest possible coalition. so that's the situation here. a bit of a disappointment in the number of seats but they are clearly the winners and likely prime minister netanyahu will serve another four years. >> if he can form that coalition with some of the smaller parties. he's had a somewhat frosty relationship with the president of the united states. what are they saying in israel that relationship was a factor
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in the apparent setback for netanyahu. he didn't obviously do as well as members of his own party thought he would do. >> reporter: yes. now, look, i think one of the factors may have been the concern the concern that the international community was starting to look at israel and say, hold on a second, we're going to pull back from this. we're not going to be able to support the policies, as much as more settlements with and the peace process has been stalled for such a long time. and they also let the palestinian authority go ahead and get non-member state status in the u.n., by a very large vote. and so what you're seeing here is a situation where that frosty relationship between the prime minister and the president probably didn't have a lot of an effect on people, but they certainly were worried about that. they did not want to further isolate israel. and so i think what you're seeing, it's a small reaction to that, but i think the biggest that i think voters are trying to say, that they're very concerned about the high cost of
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living here. they're concerned about a lot of the things that are happening inside the country, as well as the security threat outside of the country. wolf? >> sara sidner, watching the israeli elections unfold in israel. thanks, sara. all right. this just coming into "the situation room." a u.s. defense department official saying that the department of defense inspector general has cleared u.s. general john allen of allegations he wrote potentially inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly, the woman who claims she was being threatened by paula broadwell, in that whole general david petraeus scandal. the ig, the inspector general, has found the allegations against general allen to be unsubstantiated. an official tells cnn, at the same time, the official says, no decisions have been made on whether to go forward with general allen's nomination to be the nato supreme commander. his nomination was put on old by the white house, following some
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of these allegations and the outcome of the inspector general review. it will be up to the white house now to decide whether or not they're going to support him to be the nato commander. but once again, the inspector general clearing general allen of allegations he wrote potentially inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. that just coming in. we'll take a quick break. much more news right after this. well now i'm her dietitian and last year, she wasn't eating so well. so i recommended boost complete nutritional drink to help her get the nutrition she was missing. and now she drinks it every day. well, it tastes great! [ male announcer ] boost has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones, and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. and our great taste is guaranteed or your money back. learn more at [ dietitian ] now, nothing keeps mom from doing what she loves... being my mom.
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>> you think you're getting crab, you're getting fake crab. >> some fish are more expensive than others. this was labeled grouper. could you tell it's cat fish? >> fruit juices. >> in some cases, pomegranate juice has been found to be nothing more than citric acid, water, and food coloring. >> reporter: sometimes juice is labeled as fresh squeezed when it's really made from concentrate. olive oil. experts say 65% of extra virgin olive oil tested at grocery stores is actually diluted with lower grade oil. >> consumers have almost gotten used to this flavor, these off-flavors that reflect the defects that you find in bad olive oil, off-flavor such as ranc rancidity, there's some called musty, which has kind of a damp basement flavor. >> and honey. >> we now have the problem of honey laundering. >> reporter: that's right. honey laundering, where honey from countries with trade embargoes is shipped through approved countries and then sent to the united states. expired infant formula and wine
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are also on the list of fake or mislabeled products. >> they've got to right the wrong. they're lying to us. you know, that's -- that's not right. >> i think they should make it more explicit on the label, so a consumer can come in and look and quickly know what they're buying. >> reporter: researchers say food fraud costs the u.s. $10 billion to $15 billion a year and counterfeiters rake in the cash. >> i think the question comes down to enforcement and clear standards and the u.s., right now, has neither. >> in the end, just as in any problem with food, if there's a problem, it's the consumer who pays, either a higher price or through illness. >> now, the fda requires all food labels to accurately indicate what's contained in the food and the agency issues a warning to manufacturers if it finds mislabeled or misrepresented products. and the products that do not fall into compliance can ultimately be ul pulled from the shelves. the key for consumers, wolf, is that you buy trusted brands, and
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if the price on some items seem too good to be true, it probably is. >> good advice, sandy. thanks so much for that report. it's prince harry as you've probably never seen him before. the third in line to the throne, giving reporters, including cnn, a rare inside look at his tour of duty in afghanistan. and he doesn't hold back when it comes to talking about the importance of his privacy. here's cnn's royal correspondent, max foster. >> reporter: they call this vhr, very high readiness. it might look like down time, but the call to fly can come at any time. it happened once in the middle of an interview. >> it wasn't done in the wrong way, but it was just -- >> reporter: it wasn't just being able to do his job, that made harry value his deployment to afghanistan so highly. it was the simplicity of his life out here. prince harry stayed in these
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simple containers when he was here in camp bastion. it's a far cry from the palaces he grew up in. and when he was working overnights, things were even more basic. >> this is my bed. i don't really make it when i'm done here, which is a joy, that's it, made. a paradigm phone. so this is as much privacy as one would get. >> reporter: it's while he was out here that harry received news that his sister-in-law, the duchess of cambridge, was expecting a baby. >> i'm going to be an uncle. very unfair they were forced to publicize it when they were, but that's the media for you. but i only hope that she gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother, mother to be, to enjoy the privacy that that comes with. it's too much light there. that's the thing. >> reporter: harry's own prifs is clearly a concern for the prince as well. and he made little attempts to hide it. >> i never wanted you guys to be out here, but there was an agreement made to invite you out
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on the deal that you -- that the media didn't speculate before my deployment. that's the only reason you guys are out here >> reporter: back home, the media glare will inevitably be brighter, and the pressure back on to find a partner. >> if you find the right person and everything feels right, it takes time, especially for myself and my brother. you ain't never going to find somebody that's going to jump into the position that it would hold, as simple as that. >> reporter: perhaps harry's main interest, himself, will be getting back out to the front line as soon as he can. max foster, cnn, camp bastion, afghanistan. happening now, new details emerging about staff training at that texas community college, where a shoot-out happened today. blistering republican reaction to the president's inaugural speech. an exclusive interview with the vice president, joe biden. he's speaking candidly about his relationship with president obama. and a possible inaugural lip
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sync shocker possible. did beyonce fake it or not? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." they held their tongues on inauguration day, but the celebrations had barely ended when republicans let loose with a blistering assessment of president obama's speech and the agenda he outlined. republican critics are picking it apart, using the one word that encapsulates republican disdain -- liberal. our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, is covering our coverage, covering what's going on this hour. dana, some pretty harsh reaction coming in from the gop leadership. >> reporter: that's right. republicans are saying that the president should not be foisting his liberal agenda on what is still a center-right country. in fact, the senate minority leader said that this is, quote, not a great way to start his second term. the senate republican leader had his sound bite on the president's speech ready to go. >> the era of liberalism is
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back. and unabashedly far left of center inauguration speech, certainly brings back memories of the democratic party of ages past. >> far different from the restrained response the house gop leader gave us hours after the speech. >> you know, i think that the president did a fine job, certainly laying out what he would like to see happen, as far as the future of the country. there were some differences. hopefully, we can bridge those differences. cantor was coming from a bipartisan, post-inaugural launch, where the president work the room, shaking hands with many republicans. but now with the inauguration over and the pressure to be respectful past, conservatives are eager to share their disgust. >> he was trying to basically throw a bone to every left-wing activist group he could. >> reporter: some tell us they're not happy, but hardly shocked. >> it was exactly what we saw on
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the campaign trail, and if you don't see this president coming, you're not look. >> so you're not surprised? >> i wasn't surprised at all. >> reporter: republicans say the president unleashed a new campaign for liberalism, with lines like this. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anywhere else under the law. >> in fact, a gop campaign apparatus, karl rove's super pac, responded with this video. >> unapologetically liberal. >> the progressive liberal agenda is what he's now clearly staking his second term on. >> reporter: even some relatively moderate republicans call it self-righteous. >> you know, he does not have a monopoly on all that's good and all that's true. >> others, a missed opportunity. do you think that the tone that he took is going to hurt relations with congress? >> i don't think it's going to change relations much. and that's the real problem. >> reporter: to be sure, some house republicans critical of the president skipped his
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inauguration. were you at the inauguration yesterday? >> no, no, i wasn't. >> reporter: how come? >> just had personal things to take care of. >> reporter: were you there? >> i was not. >> reporter: how come? >> i spent some time at home. my family was out of school, and i'm gone enough, so i spent the weekend with my family. >> although republicans certainly sound angry about the president's call for a liberal agenda, the reality is, they know that this is a gift politically and in terms of raising money. wolf? >> as you know, dana, we're standing by to hear from the speaker of the house. we've been waiting for a while. he's getting ready to make a statement. i assume he's going to be reacting to the president's inaugural address. >> reporter: he might be asked about that, but i actually was down at that press conference. it's an hour later. i had to come up and talk to you, because it's so late. i wasn't able to stay and ask him questions about that. but the reason he's coming out, wolf, so to talk, see, no budget, no pay, is to talk about a vote that the house republicans are going to take tomorrow to raise the debt ceiling temporarily for three months. and what he informed his caucus
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about, just in the last hour and a half, is that they are going to write a budget that tries to balance the budget in ten years. that is going to mean massive cuts across the board from the perspective of republicans, but that's how he hopes to get conservatives to agree to raise the debt ceiling temporarily. >> he's got his own problems, as well as speaker. not an easy job. we'll stand by to hear what he says. dana, thank. so what exactly did the president say that raised so much republican ire? kate balduan is here. she's got more on this part of the story. >> yeah, wolf, as you and i know, he used some pretty broad strokes in his inaugural speech to paint a blueprint on major issues he hopes to focus on facing the country. all controversial in trying to get republicans on board. cnn's chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin, is here with more details. jessica, what's the latest on the president's second-term agenda. >> reporter: hi, kate. clearly the glow of inauguration is beginning to wear off, based on dana's report.
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we know that the battle over debt and spending is going to heat up in no time at all, so the president does not have much time of his own to press the second term agenda items he wants to pursue. high spirits. ♪ i'm so in love with you >> reporter: high fashion, and a high bar from the president, who outlined a long list of second term goals. >> the threat of climate change. the size of our deficit. revamp our tax code. our gay brothers and sisters, hopeful immigrants. >> reporter: expect president obama to tackle immigration reform first. >> our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants. >> reporter: the president won an overwhelming 71% of the latino vote in november and it's since become an article of faith that republicans will agree to some kind of immigration reform this year. the american people are on board. a new cnn poll shows 53% believe
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illegal immigrants should have a path to residency. another goal, national security. >> we, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. >> reporter: as more u.s. troops leave afghanistan, the president is increasingly focused on a new kind of war fighting, shifting from ground troops to a reliance on intelligence and technology, especially drones. >> after more than a decade of war, we are entering a new phase. we continue the president's overarching goal when it comes to al qaeda, which is its disruption, dismantlement, and ultimate defeat. he's made great progress. >> reporter: perhaps the biggest reach in his agenda -- >> we will respond to the threat of climate change. >> reporter: it's an issue dear to the president, but he's already acknowledged climate change policy is so politically charged, there's no clear path forward. >> that i'm pretty certain of.
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this one's hard. >> reporter: proof of just how hard? a day after the inaugural speech, nebraska's governor wrote the administration in support of the keystone pipeline. that's an oil project environmentalists have long opposed, and it highlights yet again a tricky political problem for the administration. on yet another topic, wolf and kate, in a speech, the president broke ground by promising to push for greater civil rights for gay and lesbian americans. now, aside from health care reform, this could be the major legacy of his time in office. one supreme court case that will be decided this year could force the administration to make a decision this year on weather federal benefits will be extended to the spouses of gay and lesbian americans. >> all right, jessica yellin, thanks so much. we'll see how the president prioritizes these agenda items. in a very surprise twist to one of the most memorable moments of
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the inauguration, beyonce's singing of the national anthem. >> a lot of questions right now. some contradictions about whether she actually sang it live. our national political correspondent, jim acosta, has been trying to sort through all of these indications we're getting, statements we're getting. what are you learning? >> this is what we do know, wolf. a spokesman told cnn what americans heard on inauguration day was a pre-recording of pop star beyonce singing the national anthem. asked about that alleged lip syncing all day long, officials were tight lipped. ♪ o, say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light >> reporter: it's the question on just about everyone's lips in washington, on the day after the inaugural, was beyonce's version "the star-spangled banner" live or was it lip synced? according to a official with the
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same u.s. marine band who accompanied the performance, it was all on tape. a spokesperson for the band tells cnn, she did not actually sing. beyonce made a recording of the national anthem overnight, before the inaugural. she even posted pictures of herself in the studio, surrounded by a group of marine officials. the prerecording is standard procedure, the marines say, in case anything goes wrong during the actual ceremony. washingtonian magazine first started raising questions about the authenticity of the performance. the magazine's editor, garrett graph, was seated less than 10 feet away from the u.s. marine band. he said it appeared the band was pretending to play their instruments. >> and it immediately struck me that i couldn't hear the band. and you know, i was sort of seated there, staring at the saxophone player, couldn't hear him, couldn't hear anyone else, and when they'd been playing any other song, kelly clarkson or any of the ruffles and flourishes or "hail to the chief" or any of the other marches they'd been doing, you know, they were loud and in your face.
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>> reporter: the marine band later released a statement, blaming a lack of rehearsal time. "there was no opportunity for ms. knowles-carter to rehearse with the band before the inauguration, so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event." >> it sounds that they were playing it safe, maybe? >> that's exactly right. they decided it was the safest option to use the pre-recorded version. they knew that they would have that nailed and knew that it would come out great, which it did. >> reporter: despite the comment from that band spokesman, who says that beyonce did not actually sing, marine band officials are now contradicting themselves, saying no one in the marine band is in a position to assess whether it was live or prerecorded. ♪ and the rockets' red glare >> reporter: what's less clear is why beyonce removed her ear piece during her performance. the u.s. marine band also didn't say. beyonce's taped performance is not unprecedented. the band says during president obama's first inaugural in 2009,
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american cellist yo-yo mai used a prerecording due to the frigid temperatures. >> as for beyonce, cnn did reach out to her publicist, but we have yet to hear a response from her team, nor did we get any official statement from the joint congressional committee overseeing the inaugural, and we did not get a statement from the presidential inaugural committee. also, just one comment from the top republican on the congressional committee, senator lamar alexander, who said that beyonce sounded great to him. but it's shocking, wolf, that all day long, we've been reaching out to all of these various government agencies who were in charge of the inauguration, making sure everything goes off without a hitch, the only statements we've gotten on all of this are from the u.s. marine band, and those statements contradict themselves. >> and the last statement from the u.s. marine band say they don't know. how can they not know? this is not that complicated. >> it says they're not in a position to assess whether -- >> they're not in a position to say. but they will say that their music was prerecorded. they'll at least say their music was prerecorded, but they can't
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say now whether beyonce was prerecorded. but that means that the u.s. marine band would be saying that they weren't comfortable playing "the star spangled banner," the national anthem, live on inauguration day, with beyonce. that seems very far fetched. and as for kelly clarkson and james taylor, they were both live. they put out statements through their publicists saying they were live and the marine band was live with them as well. >> the intrigue continues. >> the plot thickens. >> thanks very much, jim acosta. up next, cnn's exclusive inteiew with the vice president joe biden, who opens up to our own gloria borger about his relationship with president obama. >> how can you tell when you've done something that he doesn't like or that makes him angry? >> oh, that's easy. that's easy. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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it would be hard to find anyone who was having more fun at yesterday's inaugural parade festivities than the vice president, joe -- we saw him, sort of marching with the marching brand. >> we were having more fun than him, no, i'm just kidding. but he sure was having fun, as he and president obama begin their second term, he talked about, that would be vice president biden, about their teamwork, their disagreements, and biden's unique role in an exclusive interview with cnn chief political analyst, gloria borger. >> reporter: if there's an odd couple of american politics, it's president obama and joe biden. >> what made it work is that if you go back to the days when we were actually competing for the nomination, all those debates we had, the only two people that didn't disagree on any subject were barack obama and joe biden. so when we got into this deal,
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we didn't have what other administrations have had, where the vice president and the president have a different take on the major issues of the day. we were totally sympatico. and it went from working each other to a friendship. we had real trust built. >> we know that you have disagreed with the president over policy and you know how toed read him pretty well. so how can you tell when you've done something that he doesn't like or that makes him angry? >> oh, that's easy. that's easy. we made a deal, early on, when either one of us were dissatisfied, we had just flat tell the other person. so lunch once a week, you know, that's when we talk. and when he's not liked something i've done, he just flat tells me. >> he says, joe, you shouldn't have done that? >> he says, joe, i don't agree with the way you did that. why did you do a, b, c, or d.
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or he will say or i will say, hey, look, man, i don't like the way this is going, this is what we -- so, you know, there's complete openness. but, you know, we haven't disagreed on -- we sometimes disagreed on tactic as to how to proceed to try to get what he wanted done, which i've agreed, but we've never disagreed on policy. >> reporter: but there was a problem with timing when the vice president got ahead of the boss in this exchange about same-sex marriage on "meet the press". >> men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, the same civil liberties. >> that caused heartburn in the west wing. >> even the so-called discussion about my saying i was comfortable with gay and lesbians and relationships. i knew his position. that was -- >> but you got out in front of him on it, and that's -- that can be a problem. >> i'll tell you how he
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responded. i walked into the office, he got up, smiled, gave me a big hug, and he said, i tell you what, man, that's one of the things alike about you, you say what's on your mind. >> you say it caused a little apoplexy around him. >> it did, but not with him. not with him. >> reporter: lately, biden's become the white house closer were closing the deal on the fiscal cliff and trying to get one on guns. >> are you the only ones who can cut deals with republicans now? >> no, no, no, first of all. the only reason i'm able to close any deal is because everybody knows i speak for the president. i have his complete support for what i'm saying, because i know what hep wants, number one. number two, i think the reason why we make a good team, you know, tip o'neil used to say, and you'll recall, politics is local, and you've heard me say, i seldom disagree with tip o'neil, god rest his soul, but all politics is personal. it's all personal. and it's based on trust. and i have spent a lot of time
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in this town. and i have personal relationships with people i strongly disagree, but there's trust and so i'm a logical person. a logical person to, as they say, you guys say, close the deal. but it's the president. it's not me. it's the president. >> it's no secret that you and the president are very different people. you're hot, he's cool. you're a natural back slapper. he's been accused of being more insular. does the marriage work because he married his opposite? >> we believe look, i think what you hope, and he used this phrase one time, that we kind of make up for whatever weaknesses the other guy has. and i've got a hell of a lot more weaknesses than he does. the one place that i just have had a lot of experience with a lot of the people we deal with. and, you know, everybody talks about, well, it's, you know, it's back slapping, it's old -- it's not. it's trust. it's simple. simple trust.
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find a single person, and you know this town better, who will la look you in the eye and say, i don't trust joe biden. it's just that i've been around longer and they know me, but they also know i speak for him. and he will keep whatever commitment i make on his behalf. >> and gloria's here with us right now. good interview, first of all. >> thank you. >> gloria, it seems they found a good balance, the president and the vice president, in their relationship. >> they do. i think it's taken them a while to get there, but you saw it on the fblgs cliff, you saw it even on the debt ceiling negotiations over a year ago. the president has learned to kind of go to joe biden, who has had 36 years of experience on capitol hill, after all, to close the deal. he does have those relationships. that's why mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader, picked up the phone and said, does anyone around here know how to cut a deal? and it's as important as the vice president said, he speaks
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for the president. >> the closer, as you call him. >> that's right. the closer. >> good work. >> we'll see how much he'll be depending on him in this second term. >> we'll see. we'll see. joe biden hopes a lot. >> no kidding, exactly. still ahead, other news. new details of a college campus shooting and the trainsiing tha just took place. using robotics and mobile technology, verizon innovators have made it possible for teachers to teach, and for a kid... nathan. tadpole. ... to feel like a kid again. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. powerful answers. verizon. as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated.
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two people have been detained after a shooting at a community college near houston. kate's got there and some of the day's other top stories. kate? >> wolf, police actually say both were injured in the shooting at the north harris campus of lone star college, but no arrests have been made and no charges were filed, at least we can say, yet. a school employee is also in stable condition after being shot in the leg. witnesses tell cnn affiliates that at least one gunman opened fire after an altercation between two people. the college chancellor says this is something they were prepared for. >> just within the last seven days, on this campus, we've had three training exercises for faculty and staff on what to do in an event like this. so there's very, very timely.
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as a matter of fact, the first responders to come to the aid of those who were shot were ems faculty at the college. they were there immediately. >> investigators haven't yet determined the exact involvement of the two people being held. also, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's party is promising to form a government that's as broad as possible after he won today's election. waves of voters made it clear they support more center and left views, supportive of talks with palestinians. one analyst says the election as a results could be good news for the obama administration, which has had a tense relationship with the right wing netanyahu government. and here's a fun one. a big shake up at the top of the twitterverse. justin bieber now has the most twitter followers in the world, surpassing the previous title holder. who would that be? lady gaga. at last count, twitter has
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33,351,695 people hanging on his every tweet, pushing gaga into second place, followed by rihanna, katy perry, president obama, and closely thereafter, wolf blitzer. @katebaldwin, @wolfblitzer. we'll pick up a few right now. a vicious second term agenda. could democrats be the biggest obstacle for president obama. we'll ask the chair of the democratic party, representative debbie wasserman schultz. she's standing by live.
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>> and the ambitious -- and his ambitions and republicans say, very liberal, agenda, he has outlaou outlined. here's cnn's tom foreman. >> hundreds of thousands of people cheered for the president during his inaugural address, but as washington comes back to work, he's going to face a very different political landscape in which he will not be able to address just his fans, but a few hundred people up here on capitol hill, who may be ready to fight about some of these issues that he raised. listen to what he talked about in his speech, tax reform. this is always a potential fight between democrats and republicans. never more so than when they just finished fighting over the fiscal cliff and they're currently locking horns over the debt ceiling. immigration reform. the president said he'd take that on in his first term, didn't get around to it. now he says he'll take it on, but that's still a divisive issue. gay rights. the president did repeal don't ask, don't tell, and later in his term said he's in favor of
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gay marriage, but said basically this is a state's issue, not a federal issue. if he's going to make it federal now, people are going to have some arguments about that. renewable energy sources. the president has pushed a lot of money towards this. he wants to keep pushing money that way. his critics are going to argue, as they have all along, we're not seeing much for that money. and of course, gun control. that's incredibly heated at the moment. we don't know how the that will fare, but there will be an awful lot of harsh words on what can be done and what might work. five issues he will argue about with not only the republicans as he goes back to work, but maybe democrats too. and i want to show you why. look at this. this is a map of the 2014 race for democrats. they have 20 seats in the senate that they have to defend, and importantly, seven of those seats are in states where barack obama did not win, mitt romney won. in those places, democrats are likely to be very hesitant about standing too close to the president, especially on some of those divisive issues, for fear that it could cost them their
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jobs. >> tom foreman, thanks very much. let's dig a little bit deeper right now with the congresswoman from florida, debbie wasserman schultz. she's the newly elected chair to have the democratic national committee. she's joining kate and me right here in "the situation room." congratulations. tough job, being a congresswoman, chair of the dnc. we'll get to that in a moment. if the president's agenda is going to go forward, he doesn't just have to worry about republicans, but there are a bunch of democrats, especially in the house, who are nervous about some of these very bold, shall we say, very liberal and progressive ideas. >> well, with i think for the most part, democrats are unified and energized following the results of this election, where president obama laid out a very clear vision and a clear case that we need to focus on creating jobs, on getting the economy turned around, on fighting for the middle class families and yesterday he talked about the american journey and we've got to finish that journey and we've got a lot left to do to make sure we can have equality. >> will senate democrats go
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along with the president? >> you know, i haven't heard anything from any senate democrat, across the spectrum, that has given me an indication that they're refusing to work with him. on the contrary, we'll continue to find common ground. the problem is that we've got republicans who continue to be as intransient as you can be. >> speaker boehner was just about about some of this. i want you to listen to him. >> there are a lot of priorities for the congress, a lot of priorities for the president. but right now, the biggest issue is the debt that's crushing the future for our kids and our grandkids. there's some hard-working taxpayers understand you can't keep spending money that you don't have. so we're going to continue to focus, especially here over this next 90, 120-day period, on bringing some fiscal responsibility to washington. >> so when you're talking about the next 90, 120-day period, he's talk about that debt ceiling are increase, you can push it off and continue really
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fighting over budgetary issues. how is this going to be any different than the last session? >> first of all, for speaker boehner to even suggest that this is a 90 or a 120-day window, is really problematic, because -- >> why? >> because what they're continuing to do is perpetuate the uncertainty. this economy is already in the midst of a fragile recovery. we're continuing towards it becoming more robust, but we can't just keep increasing the debt ceiling in small bites. we've got to make sure we take that off the table, that is nonnegotiable. you have to pay your bills. you can't jeopardize the full faith and credit of the united states. and what we need to do, we agree, and we had that debate during the campaign. the hard-working american taxpayers that he referred to decided that president obama was right. they agreed with him, which is that we need a balanced approach to deficit reduction. we do need to get a handle on spending. we also need to make sure that everybody pays their fair share. >> here's the reaction from the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell. >> one thing that's pretty clear
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from the president's speech yesterday, the era of liberalism is back. and unabashed ly, far left of center, inauguration speech, certainly brings back memories of the democratic party of ages past. if the president pursues that kind of agenda, obviously, it's not designed to bring us together. >> you know, a lot of people think inaugural addresses are designed to maybe bring the parties together. that clearly didn't happen this time. >> let's look at what the mitch mcconnell scowl was all about. the president talked in his inaugural address yesterday about making sure that we can continue and finish the journey for americans on the long march toward equality. that everyone, incoming lbgt americans, should have an opportunity to be equal around the law and get that equal protection under the law. that women should be able to get equal pay for equal work. that we should make sure that we
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finally pass comprehensive immigration reform, so immigrants to this country have a rational way to actually remain here. and that we focus, finally, on climate change. all of those things are real problems, real issues that need to be addressed, and if the republicans think that those are issues that won't unify the country, they clearly weren't listening during this last campaign. >> well, in terms of unifying the country, he also was not maybe drawing a lain in tine in sand, but seemed to be kind of poking his finger in the side of republicans. listen to this little bit from the inaugural address. >> for now, decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. we cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name calling as reasoned debate. >> i mean, he's clearly singling out republicans here, and kind of the bitter battles of the past, but is that helpful or hurtful if you want to unify the parties and the country going forward?
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>> well, i think what the president was doing is singling out extremism. i think he was saying, you know, there are reasonable, moderate voices on both sides of the aisle that can and should come together and find a way to reach common ground. and there are too many of the extreme variety of republicans that are controlling their policies right now, that are preventing us from being able to do that. >> the house republicans want to vote tomorrow on raising the debt ceiling for the next three months, during which you can work on some of the deficit reduction and other issues. are you going to vote in favor of that language? >> i haven't seen the legislation yet. i'll have to take a look at it. i am very concerned. first of all, we should be sending the president a clean debt ceiling increase -- >> but if that doesn't happen, it's better than nothing, right? >> if it's not a clean debt ceiling -- >> are you concerned there's going to be some poisoned pill in there? >> well, they are already tying a debt ceiling increase to
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something else, to a budget, to congressional pay. what we need to do is make sure we pay our bills. we need to make sure we inject more certainty, not less, into the economy. a three-month debt ceiling increase does not do that, especially if it's tied to -- if it's conditional, that's not clean. >> congresswoman, thanks for coming in. or madame chair. >> both. >> any title that you have. >> thank you very much. militants on the rise in north africa. some peexperts say the threat t the u.s. could be greater than osama bin laden's al qaeda. stand by. hutchison ] friday night has always been all fun and games here at the hutchison household. but one dark stormy evening... she needed a good meal and a good family. so we gave her purina cat chow complete. it's the best because it has something for all of our cats! and after a couple of weeks she was part of the family. we're so lucky that lucy picked us. [ female announcer ] purina cat chow complete. and for a delicious way to help maintain a healthy weight, try new purina cat chow healthy weight.
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algerian officials say five people still are missing following the end of that dramatic hostage crisis at a gas plant. 37 hostages died in that ordeal, including three americans. >> and the unexpected violent assault underscored a new terror threat taking place right now in north africa. our pentagon correspondent, barbara star, is joining us. what are you picking up on this front, barbara? >> well, wolf, officials that i am talking to are saying the old 9/11 era of al qaeda spending years planning one single big attack, that is over. and this new era may leave the
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u.s. intelligence community struggling to catch up. mokhtar belmokhtar is part of a generation of terrorists rising across north africa, tied to al qaeda, but operating in very different ways. >> i argue they are more dangerous to both the united states and our allays. >> this is an era of a new threat, a threat to western interests across the region. >> reporter: the challenge for the cia? >> we can't keep saying, well, it's just yemen, it's just mali, it's just benghazi, it's just tunisia. can't do that. >> what we're seeing is a blending of different types of operatives and groups coming together at different times. >> reporter: africa-based groups don't seem to need central leadership and osama bin laden. militants have made advances. the attack against the u.s. compound in benghazi, libya. taking over large areas of northern mali, and now the
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attack against the gas plant in algeria. algerian authorities say those attackers came from egypt, libya, mali, niger, mauritania, algeria, and from as far away as canada. the u.s. is falling behind, they say. >> when they painstakingly built up an intelligence network in the afghanistan/pakistan border region and also in yemen, they're flying more blind in north africa and in western africa. >> reporter: the militant africa advantage? they can act fast with well-planned attacks carried out on very short notice. for now, belmokhtar and others have their new strategy. >> it makes it actually very difficult to monitor and very difficult for intelligence organizations to understand and act against, because there is no head of this organization. there are multiple heads.
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so you can't just eliminate them through strikes. >> so the challenge now is what to do about all of this. well, you know, defense secretary leon panetta is vowing the u.s. will continue to go after al qaeda. but this new spread out movement in africa, the reality is it may be very tough to track, target, and hunt down. wolf? >> that's the reality, barbara. thanks very, very much. other news we're following. it's not just the president, kate, who's getting a second term. his daughters also now face four more years in the spotlight. they're growing up before our eyes. using cloud computing and mobile technology, verizon innovators have developed a projective display for firefighters. allowing them to see through anything. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions.
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as we watched the inauguration, we were remarking on how the obama girls have really grown up over the past four years. sasha and malia handle all the attention with real grace. and they'll spend their critical teen years inside the white house. our lisa sylvester is here with more on that. that would be tough for anyone, but it looks like they're going to be able to handle it, right, lisa? >> you are absolutely right, kate. we have certainly seen first children before, chelsea and the bush twins, but sasha and malia
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are considerably younger than the bush twins or chelsea was when their fathers were president. sasha was only in second grade when president obama was first elected, and malia will spend her formative years 10 through 18 living in the white house. that is quite a bubble to grow up in. >> malia obama and sasha obama. >> reporter: there aren't many 11 and 14-year-olds who walk out to a crowd of millions. but for malia and sasha, this is just a part of their lives. the girls have changed on the outside since the first inauguration, but more than that, there's a newfound grace and poise, and something else, a sense of normal. it shows in moments like these. malia and sasha waving to family and friends in the inaugural parade reviewing stand, malia showing her hip side. a few minutes later, breaking out their phones to get a picture of mom and dad kissing. sasha taking a picture of mom and dad. nice, very nice.
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>> reporter: the girls are at the middle point of childhood between being a kid and heading to college. we've watched them grow up inside the white house, and now we have four more years to go, including all of the markers of adolescence, driving, dating, and dances. despite their titles, the president and first lady try hard to keep things real. >> the president, for example, is an assistant coach on sasha's basketball team. that routine for her, that involvement with other young people is something that's very important to him and to her. >> that hands-on parenting will pay dividends in the long run, says historian doug wead, who has written a book called, "all the presidents' children." they get away from the white house, they don't stick right by the white house, they develop their own ideas, their own game plan for life. >> reporter: there will always be those moments of youth glimpsed. chelsea clinton and the bush twins, former first children, they're now with their own established lives in journalism and working for charity foundations. but while the world looks towards the first lady and the president, the obamas look to
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their daughters with pride. >> and you know, like all parents of teenagers, the next four years won't be just an adjustment for sasha and malia, but also for mr. and mrs. obama, who, like it or not, are going to have to preparing for someth else. the empty nest. >> big empty nest. that's for sure. it's amazing how they have grown up over the four years. >> when we see the pictures, they say the pictures are a thousand words. you see the little girls and now they're as tall as their mom. >> we were both commenting on the same thing yesterday. >> i wish the obamas only the best. enjoy these girls while they're still at home because you're right, pretty soon they will be off to college. the eyes of the fashion world on the first lady, michelle obama, from her inaugural outfit to her gown for the balls to her choice for today's prayer service at the national cathedral. the first lady is getting high marks, rave reviews. cnn's alina cho takes a closer look.
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>> hey, wolf and kate, we all know by now that dressing first lady michelle obama for a high profile history-making event like the inauguration is a real game changer for a designer. last night, the biggest prize as we all know went to jason wu, the designer of mrs. obama's inaugural gown. sound familiar? today, the fashion world got some more eye candy. more pictures of the first lady looking fabulous. think the inaugural fashion parade is over? think again. at the national prayer service, first lady michelle obama, hair back, bangs still on full display, wore a custom ivory wool dress and matching coat by a designer who was also in the running for the gown. that top honor as the world now knows went to jason wu, proving lightning does strike twice. >> the second she came out, everyone just let out the
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biggest scream. the whole entire studio. it was amazing. the energy was amazing. >> you had a little problem with the computer, didn't you? it was buffering at the moment. >> of course, at the moment she was about to come out. i was like no, this cannot be. >> reporter: wu skyrocketed to fame four years ago when the first lady wore his white gown to the first inaugural. that dress now sits in the smithsonian. this time, as he started to think about how to top that, he kept seeing red. >> i felt like red was just so confident and it was, you know, it's commanding and it's beautiful and passionate, and all those things describe michelle obama. >> reporter: new term, new haircut, new look. a style that has clearly evolved into something style watchers say is more sophisticated. while still keeping true to her core. supporting young, emerging designers and mixing high and low. take inauguration morning, when the first lady chose custom thom
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browne for her coat and dress and j. crew for her accessories. gloves, belt and shoes. >> if i look back to some of the previous first ladies, there hasn't been a level of attention on them but also, there has been zero exposure and zero experimentation. i think she's really broken the mold in terms of what's acceptable. >> reporter: like the belt that was originally a sash. the first lady customized it. malia changed the button on her j. crew coat, making fashion your own. the very definition of style. and style does include hair. >> what do you think? up or down? >> i love her new look. to me she can do no wrong. >> even though the world now knows his name, jason wu is just 30 years old. there's a lot more to do, including his fall collection, which he will unveil to the public in just two weeks in new york. alina cho, cnn, new york. >> i thought the first lady looked great and all of those
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venues, didn't you? >> i did. i always feel -- i don't feel like she feels the pressure. i just feel like there's always so much pressure on that dress and her wearing it. i feel bad about that. >> lot of pressure. >> she can handle it. >> i want to show our viewers a little bit of last night. more news coming up but let's watch them dance a little bit. >> now please welcome grammy and academy award winner, jennifer hudson. ♪ [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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sounds like something out of a movie but what happened to one news station in florida is anything but fiction. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: we've seen a bug make a cameo. >> whoa! it's a giant invasion of a giant bug! >> reporter: on the weather channel. and a spider that seemed ready to try and hitch a ride on the space shuttle. but what happens when a bee meets a drone? make that a lot of bees, swarming the drone equipped with a camera. >> over 100 bees. >> reporter: they ended up being put to music. the flight of the bumblebees,
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naturally. it happened when wpec's operations manager, carl pugliese, sent up one of the station's drones to get video of a west palm beach mall being demolished. instead, the drone got attacked by bees. carl was on the ground swatting, watching the video streamed live over his iphone. >> i'm sitting here going like this with the bees, i'm looking up and there's a bunch of bees and i look at my iphone and when you see the video, it looked like "star wars." i had all these bees coming at the mother ship. >> reporter: if you think of the press as being sort of pests you would like to swat, imagine how bees would react to a news drone. after all, a drone buzzes. the bees -- >> the mother bee of all bees, basically. >> reporter: one landed directly on the lens. >> he's trying to sting the lens. >> reporter: as carl started to bring the drone in for a landing, he got buzzed so he jumped in his vehie.

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